They detected a whale with a rope wrapped around its body off the coast of Puerto Madryn
The coasts of Puerto Madryn, in the province of Chubut, became the scene of a striking sighting when a fisherman noticed that a whale was swimming with a rope wrapped around half of its body. Faced with the situation, an alert device was launched to attend to the animal that was moving in one of the internal gulfs of Península Valdés.
The situation began when a fisherman from the ‘Bajo los huesos’ area, located about 50 kilometers south of the access to Golfo Nuevo, detected his passage. However, something caught his attention since the animal moved faster than the ones he used to see, for that reason he did not believe it was a southern right whale, the most common in the area.
“The fisherman told us about a fast whale that passed by with a rope and told us that he didn’t think it was a right whale because he knows them as they move and it was much faster,” explained environmental consultant and wildlife rescuer Víctor Fratto.
The humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae), also called gubarte or humpback whale, is not a frequent species around Península Valdés, on the northeast of Chubut (Mailen Palma / @mailenpalma)
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The search was completed when one of the tourist boats noticed the presence of the animal and the operation was launched. Indeed, it was the ‘jubarta’ species, which is not the most frequent but it is known that some specimen enters the area sporadically.
According to the environmentalist, they were first in charge of identifying the object that surrounded the whale: “We were sailing around the animal for a couple of hours and we moved away when we verified that its life was not in danger, that it could move without difficulty and we even saw it jump at least twice.
The video shared by the environmentalist shows how the team tracks the animal and identifies it by seeing its tail. “You can tell that it is a humpback because of the closed edge of its tail and the small dorsal fin,” Fratto highlighted in the material shared by the Diario Jornada Chubut.
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Noticing that the animal could move naturally, the specialists continued to analyze the substance of the element. “It was a kind of gauze, more than a rope, that created a ring around her body that apparently is loose, that is, it is not pressing her and we hope that over time it will come off,” Fratto warned.
Years ago, the Whale Conservation Institute had warned in a report that the nets and ropes from the fishing fleet “affect an increasing percentage of the population that annually visit the country’s coasts.”
In the report published by that organization, which bears the title “Researchers evaluated the impact of fishing nets and ropes on the right whales of the Valdés Peninsula”, it refers to the fact that “the number of injured southern right whales has increased notoriously throughout the study period.
The publication is based on a technical report entitled “Impact of nets and ropes of fishing activity on the right whales of Peninsula Valdés” which was carried out by researchers from the Whale Conservation Institute (ICB) and collaborators of the Right Whale Health Monitoring Program. Southern.
The humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae), also called gubarte or humpback whale, is not a frequent species in the surroundings of Península Valdés, on the northeast of Chubut.
Its population, however, is widely disseminated throughout the seas to the point that they meet at the two poles and in the winter season they migrate to warmer waters to have their young and mate.
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